By David Fong
Regional Sports Editor
TROY — Jakob Libecap hopes to one day tell the exploits of college and professional athletes.
Before that happens, however, he’d like to be one of them.
“I want to go to college and major in communications and sports broadcasting,” Libecap said.
While studying sports broadcasting in college, Libecap also will have the opportunity to continue his baseball career. The Troy High School senior recently signed his letter of intent to play baseball and attend school at Bluffton University.
“This feels great,” Libecap said of the opportunity to continue his baseball career in college. “At first, I wasn’t sure if I would get this chance, but (Troy High School) Coach Welker and (Troy Post 43 legion baseball coach) Frosty (Brown) were willing to help me out and make this happen.”
Bluffton is an NCAA Division III school. The Beavers compete in the Heartland College Athletic Conference. Last season Bluffton went 21-18. The Beavers are led by James Grandey, who will be entering his 17th season as head coach this spring.
Libecap said the school was a perfect fit for him.
“I liked the small, close-knit feel of it,” he said. “I liked how you can get to know your professors. Academics are important there. The coach allows you to choose your class schedule over baseball. That’s the main thing for me — I want the chance to get an education there.”
Still, though, Libecap said he also sees himself fitting in well on the baseball roster.
“I feel like I could be their No. 2 or 3 starter,” he said. “I also feel like I could play first base for them, if they need me to. I feel like I’ve got to get stronger before I go there. My off-speed pitch is something I need to work on.”
Welker said he looks forward to watching Libecap continue his career at the college level.
“This is outstanding for him and his family,” Welker said. “This is a great opportunity for him to play baseball, which is a passion of his. It’s great to see him be able to extend his career.”
Before he heads off to college, however, Libecap said he still has some things he wants to accomplish in his final varsity season this spring.
“We want to get back to the district finals,” he said. “I think our team chemistry will be strong. We’d like to win the (Greater Western Ohio Conference American) North Division.”
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